Hello Hobonichi!


4 A6 Techos and 3 A5 Cousins

Ahhh, seeing  the new 2019 Hobonichi lineup  brings back fresh memories of my first Hobonichi Techo which I bought in 2016.   It’s been three years, and every year, I look forward to buying a new one.


A page from my #riatriesillustration project in an A5 Cousin

The Hobonichi uses Tomoe River paper, so it’s quite strong enough to handle watercolor and most types of ink.   Even fountain pen ink!   I’m actually using my A5 cousin as a watercolor sketchbook.


Love painting food!

I use my A6 for daily memory keeping so I’ve been loading it up with calling cards, photos, and stickers to help me remember past events.


Happy memories from 2017


This is why it gets so fat!

End of year, it gets really fat and chunky, but it can still stand on its own without collapsing.


The OC in me is actually bothered by the chunkiness!

This year, I bought the Japanese A6 to save a few pesos, but I struggled with it because the days were in Japanese!


Japanese Techo has no English days

Some tips:
1.  Other than for planning, you can use the Hobonichi as a journal or an ordinary notebook.

2.  Buy the English Techo if you’re going to be looking at the dates.

3.  If you’re starting out, best to start small with the A6. The A5 can be so big, there’s a lot of pressure to fill it in.

4. Don’t want it to get chunky?  Get the Avec.

5. Save money and skip the covers and other accessories (like I do!)


I resolved to use stamps more to reduce the chunkiness.

You can order directly through the Hobonichi website but here are other local options I have tried:
1. Crafty Lane
2. Mommy Jets Little Japan
3. Scribe Writing Essentials

I’m only getting the English A6 for now to use as my 2019 daily memory keeping journal (third straight year!). How about you?


Journaling Ideas: Book Reviews

Hi everyone!  A lot of people are afraid to start journaling because they always say they don’t know what to write about.   Really,  you can write about anything and everything!   Anyway,  I decided to start a series of blogposts (journaling ideas) about what I write inside my journals so that you can begin journaling too.    To start off,  reading is a big part of my life, so I like writing about books in my journal.


I have always been a bookworm and you know what?   I secretly loved doing those book reports in grade school.   Hehehe!


This year, I started doing a mini review of every book that I have read.   I add a very short synopsis about the book so that I’ll remember what it was about.   Some of the questions I ask myself while doing the review are these:  Did I like the book?   Why or why not?   What were my favorite parts?   Who were my favorite/least favorite characters and did I identify with them?   Are there any questions about the book that I have left unanswered?   I would also jot down some of my favorite lines if I could.   Most of all, I love adding the learnings I get from each book.


I like taking the time to respond to what I have read so that I’m not just breezing through the book with the aim of just finishing it, but that I also get to savor and learn from it as well.


By the way,  I love using the Everyday Explorers Co. Book Club stamp set to do my book reviews.  You can purchase it from here.

My goal is to read at least 25 books this year.   How about you?

#riatriesillustration Project

Hello!  Today I’d like to share a few bits about a personal project I started last year.   I want to improve on my watercolor and illustration skills so I’m trying to make a year’s worth of watercolor illustrations (so ambitious!).   I’ve been tagging my work online as #riatriesillustration .


I’ve been using the Hobonichi 2018 A5 planner as a watercolor sketchbook because I didn’t want to buy expensive sketchbooks.   I don’t want to feel pressured to produce masterpieces.   Just really glad to know that Tomoe River paper can hold its own with watercolor.   For my palette, I have the Sakura Koi 18 watercolor set.

I always paint with a reference photo from the internet.   At this point, I don’t think I’m ready to work from my imagination. 🙂


I paint at night when everyone has gone to sleep.   At first, I was able to paint daily until life got in the way.   Now, I’m lucky if I get to paint at least once a month (!!!).

Some days I felt really happy with what I’ve produced, and some days, my work is just so ugly, it makes me want to give up, hehehe.


Hopefully, with practice comes progress. I can’t wait to reach Day 365. I’m so excited to see how my work has progressed from Day 1.

I did a flip through of my first 31 days.  Hope you can check it out here.

Do you have a similar project going on right now?  Let me know in the comments. Thanks for dropping by!


Inside My Hobonichi 2016



From a recent trip to Japan

I rarely splurge when it comes to planners, journals, and notebooks because buying an expensive one always puts me under pressure to keep its contents nice and pretty.  For some reason, I made an exception for the Hobonichi 2016 A5 Cousin Book (Spring Edition- April Start) which cost me around Php 2000++ through a trusted seller, Crafty Lane Ph. Original Hobonichi covers are expensive so I got my beautiful cover from Planners and Journals.


Hobonichi Cousin A5 – Spring Edition

I love it! The Hobonichi planner uses  Tomoe River paper.  It’s so thin, almost like onion skin paper to the touch, and yet it’s strong enough to hold watercolour and most inks back to back.


I DIYed passport stamp impressions.

That’s really awesome because I never write on the back pages of my journals to avoid bleed throughs and show throughs.  I also love how the Hobonichi lays flat, making it easy to write or paint on.  The graph lines help keep my handwriting straight and neat.


I love drawing and traveling!

I purposely picked the A5 Hobonichi Cousin Book because of its size.  It also comes in A6 size, in English or Japanese, if you want it smaller.    I’ve been using my Hobonichi for making mini travel itineraries for places I want and hope to visit.  Right now, I have done 6 doodled itineraries, can’t wait to make it to #365!!!


The first itinerary I made


Made with Sakura Koi Watercolor and Unipin Drawing Pen

The ordering period for next year’s Hobonichi 2017 has already started this September.   You can learn more about their 2017 lineup in here.


My latest work.

I had a really tough time deciding what planner size to get and for what purpose.  In the end, I decided on an A5 Cousin which I will use for  hand lettered quotes relevant to my creative life and a  Japanese A6 for my journaling.  What are your Hobonichi plans for next year?